Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Done In 60 Seconds Competition 2015
Guide To Marvel's Infinity War
The Making Of The West Wing
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Bill Murray
Karen Allen
John Forsythe
John Glover
Bobcat Goldthwaite
Carol Kane
Robert Mitchum.
Directors
Richard Donner.
Screenwriters
Mitch Glazer
Michael O'Donoghue.
Running Time
101 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Stations Of The Cross
3 Star Empire Rating
Concerning Violence
4 Star Empire Rating
Horrible Bosses 2
3 Star Empire Rating
My Old Lady
2 Star Empire Rating
Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Leviathan
5 Star Empire Rating
Le Jour Se Lève
5 Star Empire Rating
Tony Benn: Will And Testament
5 Star Empire Rating
Nightcrawler
5 Star Empire Rating
Babadook, The
5 Star Empire Rating

Scrooged
Bill Murray back amongst ghosts


submit to reddit


Plot
Frank Cross doesn't really get Christmas, and doesn't see why anyone else should unless there's an opportunity to up the ratings of his TV channel. So visits three Dickensian ghosts who teach him a thing or two about seasonal spirit.


Review
Slick and cynical update of the Dickens' classic, funny only so long as Bill Murray's venal TV network president is being a complete bastard. The opening machine-gun attack on Santa's elvin workshop is a hoot but the brotherly love ending is embarrassingly beyond even Bill's capabilities.

David Johansen's Yellow Cab spook is a bonus, though any film that so completely wastes Robert Mitchum can't really be all that good.


Verdict
Murray doing what he does best, if you like that sort of thing.


Reviewed by

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Scrooged
Empire Star Rating

RE: Scrooged

L: Kazuya And God, do I fucking hate Bobcat Goldthwait. sp; Woah woah!   I shall say good day to you Sir.   Love this movie to death! Classic 80s comedy and always makes me feel good.   Caught it on Christmas Day and glad I did. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Tech_Noir at 17:11, 28 December 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Scrooged

Saw this again the other day on the TV, it definitely wasn't as good as I remember. Several awkward and mannered moments, strange lead performance from Murray and zero emotion. And God, do I fucking hate Bobcat Goldthwait. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Kazuya at 17:06, 28 December 2008 | Report This Post


RE:

My favourite Christmas movie, and it's no surprise why! Very funny when it needs to be, with superbly witty dialogue... and not without it's sweet moralising centre... and with excellent turns from Murray, Allen, Goldthwait, Glover, Forsythe and Mitchum... just solid Christmas gold! 5/5 ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 18:56, 27 December 2008 | Report This Post


Good film to start off the Christmas celebrations. Definitely not Murray's best by a long shot. Decent enough remake of the Dicken's classic but I think it lacks Jim Henson's puppets. Some cheap laughs here and there especially with the opening scene of Santa and his elves exchanging gunfire with enemies. Dialogue at times is pretty weak and at the end, extremely over the top. Worth a watch. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by PureAinmhi at 18:44, 27 December 2008 | Report This Post


Previous page

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 48% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Farewell To Middle-Earth Issue:
Guest -Edited By Peter Jackson

The countdown to Empire's stunning new issue begins here...

Josh Hutcherson On The Hunger Games Phenomenon
'I've done my fair share of young adult material now'

What Is A Squidward? A Beginner's Guide To SpongeBob SquarePants
If you aren’t already a massive fan, prepare to become one

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Robert De Niro
The heavyweight champion of character immersion, explosive rage and jawdropping subtleties

Empire Meets Thelma Schoonmaker
On editing Scorsese, GoodFellas and a life in film

5 Possible Captain America: Civil War Roles For Daniel Brühl
Failing a Red Skull return, here are some Marvel villains the actor could play...

Kit Harington On How To Train Your Dragon 2
As the sequel hits home entertainment, we talk to the Game Of Thrones star

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)